Mind Map for a Successful Job InterviewCindy
Mind mapping for a job interview matters a lot to the result. Landing a job that you want can be one of the most exciting events in our life, and job interviewing has always been one of the most important moments. Many excellent candidates have actually found the right job, however, ended in missing the job because they are not well prepared for the interview. Mind mapping for an interview urges you to take all detailed aspects into account, thus offering you a clear instruction for the interview.
Mind Map a Job Interview: How?
As we know, a mind map is developed in a radiant structure. So you need to start from creating the central topic in the center of the canvas and add more keywords on its radiant branches. These keywords set you the basic structure and outline of your map.
Step 1: Research the Company
As the old Chinese saying goes, “To know one’s own strength and the enemies is the sure way to victory.” Of course, the company and the interviewer is not our enemy, but the other candidates are. To win this interviewing battle, you need to stand out from the interviewees depending on excellent performance which is the fruit of full preparation. Information of the company and whether you fit their culture are important for not only you but also the interviewer. Visit the company’s official website and recruiting platforms or online forums to browse their present projects, history, competitors, capital strength and future plans, etc.
Step 2: Research the Position and Yourself
There are some questions that almost all employers will ask the candidates.
- Tell me about yourself.
- How much do you know about our company and this position?
- What are your qualifications?
- Where do you want to be in five years?
Giving good answers to these questions in a short time is not easy. So you need to prepare for the solutions in advance. It’s common that people fail to express themselves well due to getting nervous in an interview. Listing your answers on the mind map helps to grasp the gaps and organize your statement.
Step 3: Identify Your Reason
Generally, the most important question of an interview will be “Why do you want the job?”. From your answer to this question, the employer can tell whether you have researched the company and the position or not, and know about your personality and experience deeper. Make it clear that why you choose the position and the company, for promising promotion, multiple roles, or renowned reputation? Figure it out and tell the employer you do want this job and you fit it.
Step 4: Obey the Interview Manners
The manner is the way you behave or speak to people. Knowing proper job interview manner is a necessity of successful interviewing. How you dress, what you bring to a job interview, how you greet the interviewer, and how you communicate can all make a big difference in the outcome of the interview. Bring these tips to the mind map and remind yourself frequently to avoid being rude in an interview.
Step 5: Present Your Interests
Many people may ignore this part in their interview. Actually, talking about your interests allows the interviewer to know more about you in a close way. Hobbies and interests can display your characters and soft skills indirectly. These soft skills are bonus points that may contribute to your job and social network.
Step 7: Consider Possibilities of the Interviewer
Put yourself in the interviewer’s place, think about what he wants. This helps you to determine whether the job suits you and increase the possibility of succeeding in the interview. In most cases, when the interview is coming to an end, the interviewer would ask “Do you have any questions?”. You’d better rough out a few questions about the position or the company in advance. For example, “What quality does your organization pursuits most from the employees?” Asking the employer questions proves that you are interested in the company, which is better than a quick end.
Step 8: Ready Yourself for the Interview Day
If you have prepared for an interview, it must be a job that you desires a lot. In this case, make sure that those trivial things won’t bother your arrangements. Ensure yourself a nice sleep the night before and get physically ready. Get dressed and check things you need in the interview, such as a paper resume and your glasses. Stay calm and give yourself confidence on the way.
Following the steps I recommend, it’s not difficult at all to mind map for a successful interview, right? I believe you are itching for a try. I made the map by Edraw MindMaster, a good mind mapping application. It is worth trying!